You really should watch this. Jacques Peretti investigates how companies like management consultancies and outsourcers rip off taxpayers through gullible public leaders. PWC, McKinsey, the usual suspects bringing waste through endless “transformation”. One shouldn’t expect much from the poorly-qualified managers of the NHS and local authorities who are quite out of their depth. But it helps you understand how highly-qualified professionals also fall for the mock-scientific flim-flam of UKAS’s ISO “quality” accreditation.
They say things like, “What’s the alternative?”
Drop accreditation. Things won’t get any worse.
Anybody care to put this to the test?
Spending on schools, hospitals and foreign aid are well debated. In this one-off documentary, Jacques Peretti looks beyond the well-known budgets to the range of projects the public know less about, from the virtual receptionists at Brent Civic Centre to the night-vision goggles being used to spy on dog walkers in Staffordshire.
Peretti uncovers what is happening behind closed doors in cash-strapped Britain and finds that local councils across the UK are signing contracts with management consultancy firms who can take a percentage of any savings they find.
Peretti also reveals that hundreds of the millions of taxpayers’ pounds spent on these contracts are covered by confidential deals meaning very little detail is known about them. In this revealing insight, Peretti asks if the public deserve to know more about how those charged with managing Britain’s billions are spending it.